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Grand Strand reacts: 'I don't think people realize what they're still going through'

People enjoy a walk on the Boardwalk Thursday night, almost a week after Hurricane Matthew barreled along the coast (Liz Cooper/WPDE)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — As some areas return to normal, it can be easy to forget just how much others are still suffering from the storm.

Hurricane Matthew destroyed so many people's lives in its path.

As people still struggle to survive following the destruction, many are finally recovering, and they hope it's sooner rather than later when everyone can finally get back to their ordinary routines.

"I know a lot of people lost their lives and that's unfortunate to hear," said Rob Champagne, who is visiting from Canada.

He and his family spent some time on the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach Thursday night. They weathered the storm, and now he just has one thing on his mind.

"We came here to do a little golfing," he said. "I've been following up on which golf courses are open and which ones aren't."

Champagne and lots of other people along the Grand Strand are trying to get back to normal and participating in regular activities.

People were playing volleyball along the beach and families walked up and down the Boardwalk, enjoying the nice October weather.

Champagne and others along the beach said it's easy to forget how bad it is in some other areas in South Carolina and surrounding states.

"In places like Mullins, Marion, Nichols, and Florence, Lumberton, I don't think nobody can really fathom how bad it is there," said Alton Swan, who owns Hurricanes Bar and Grill on the beach. "I don't think a lot of people realize what they're still going through. It's not over for them yet. It's just starting."

He said being back to work keeps his mind off his own damage at home.

"It's been relieving to be back at work. It's been great that things are starting to get back to normal," he said.

So many people are trying to get back into their regular routines, as power is now restored to most areas on the Grand Strand.

Some people enjoyed dinner and cocktails on the Boardwalk on Thursday. They're celebrating, while still remembering how good they have it compared to many others right now.

Swan said events like the Seafood Festival in Myrtle Beach will also help people recover and move on from the devastation by being with one another.

"It will be good for everyone to come out and support this," said Swan.

He said they've now turned Saturday's event into a fundraiser to help others across our state.

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